I walked into a major book store earlier this week and the first thing that greeted me was the name of a person I’ve actually met and talked with. It was prominently displayed on her umpteenth best-selling book, right beside the door.
I can walk around almost any book store and find the names of people I’ve met at workshops, people I’ve listened to in classes, people I’ve met at autograph parties, people I know through friends. I spent years working for a small publisher, writing for magazines, going to workshops and classes, spending time with authors.
As I looked at that book I found myself thinking “Why not me?”- not in a self-pity kind of way, but in an analytical mode. And the answer is quite simple. I haven’t done the work! I feel like that moment and many others lately are just God’s way of saying “your time is coming, but you’d better be prepared to do your part”.
That simple acknowledgement applies to much of life. Sometimes we are apt to envy the good fortune of others. We may see the rewards of their accomplishments and completely skip over what they might have done to deserve them. Let’s try to remember that most people “do the work” to get what they have.